Worship Interludes: Illuminate [Episode 29, May 11, 2017]

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Taking time to stop, be still, meditate, and reflect brings about so many wonderful things in our lives.   It gives us time to slow down and pay attention to some of the signals and sounds in our mind that we’ve not discerned because of the noise of life.

As you listen today I hope that these quiet thoughts that have been covered by the busy pace of your schedule will be ILLUMINATED so that you can see and hear.  Many times, it’s those things we discover in the “still, small voice” that are the most vital for us.

Be illuminated.



That Kid in the Pew (God of Grace and God of Glory)

I grew up in church.  United Methodist, actually.  We sang hymns.   We had an organ and piano.  (see my tribute to our organist and my piano teacher for twelve years, Cue Herndon) Sometimes we had trumpet.  (Still think of Clark Jensen and hope he’s playing trumpet in heaven).  Eventually we even got handbells.  I even played them a few times, despite nearly shattering the big “G” bell.  I got ejected from that rehearsal, actually.

One would think I didn’t pay much attention.  One would think that I was too young to be in “big church” but in those days we had Sunday School for the kids but everyone came to “big church”.  There was no cool, hipster movie theater style kids’ church with skits and such.

Guess what?  It still sunk in.  It still left deposits in my soul.  And sometimes … quite often, actually, memories come back to me.

This morning as I was walking my dog Sadie and praying I found myself praying the first line of this old hymn.  The Holy Spirit, bringing up a tune and a hymn I probably haven’t sung or though about in probably 25 years.

Maybe you know it — maybe you don’t.  But take a minute and read these lyrics … slowly … intentionally … and make this hymn your prayer today.

God of Grace and Glory

Words:  Harry Emerson Fosdick
Music:  CWM Rhondda, John Hughes

God of grace and God of glory,
On Thy people pour Thy power.
Crown Thine ancient church’s story,
Bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
For the facing of this hour,
For the facing of this hour.

Lo! the hosts of evil ’round us,
Scorn Thy Christ, assail His ways.
From the fears that long have bound us,
Free our hearts to faith and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
For the living of these days,
For the living of these days.

Cure Thy children’s warring madness,
Bend our pride to Thy control.
Shame our wanton selfish gladness,
Rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
Lest we miss Thy kingdom’s goal,
Lest we miss Thy kingdom’s goal.

Set our feet on lofty places,
Gird our lives that they may be,
Armored with all Christ-like graces,
In the fight to set men free.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
That we fail not man nor Thee,
That we fail not man nor Thee.

Save us from weak resignation,
To the evils we deplore.
Let the search for Thy salvation,
Be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
Serving Thee Whom we adore,
Serving Thee Whom we adore.


I couldn’t find a great video or recording of this song, but I’m a sucker for orchestration (even when it drowns out the choir) so here’s a clip I found on YouTube:

iTunes Shuffle – Whatcha Got?

Hey Everybody –

I’m curious what’s in the playlist of all you folks in this community.  Here’s the deal:

1.  Open your iTunes (or iPod)
2.  Turn on Shuffle > Songs
3.  Hit Play.

What are the first 5 songs that come up?  (note:  if you’re in a hurry, you don’t have to listen to all 5 songs – as soon as a song starts playing, you can hit the “next” button and it will shuffle to another song.

For me, I’m going to do 10 … you can do as many as you want.  Post them below.

Title: Artist  (Album)

  1. A Mighty Fortress:  Josh Strecker (8 Hymns)
  2. New Mercies:  Melissa Jones (Symphony)
  3. There Is A River:  Matt Tommey (Show Your Glory)
  4. As Long As You Are Glorified:  Sovereign Grace Music (Come Weary Saints)
  5. When Seattle Sleeps:  McKendree Augustas (A View for Opened Eyes)
  6. Broken and Beautiful:  Brian Doerksen (It’s Time)
  7. Everlasting God:  Todd Fields (North Point Live)
  8. The Power of the Cross:  Travis Cottrell (The Lamb Has Overcome)
  9. As Long As I Have You:  Mark Roach (Song Discovery #61)
  10. UGA Battle Hymn:  University of Georgia Marching Band/Larry Munson (no kidding)

I’m surprised that none of my classical, 1980’s or jazz music appeared.  I think much more of that is on my Mac Pro library at home.  This was coming off my MacBook Pro’s library, used @ SSCC.

What’s in your library?